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Nord Stjern

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2003 4:52 pm
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Took in a stray cat last Tuesday. Tested FIV/FeLV negative and was
consequently spayed and vaccinated. Slight conjunctivitis on Saturday,
being treated with triple antibiotic ointment. Otherwise affectionate
and cheerful till yesterday. Ate normal in the morning, then settled
down in a chair and didn't get up all day. By the time I came home
from work she was running a temperature of 103.5 Fahrenheit. By the
time I arrived at the vet it had increased to 105.8. It took 2 cold
showers, two alcohol rubbings, 200cc of subcutaneous fluids and 5
units of (??? sorry, forgot the name, it was an injection) to lower
her fever. No vomiting, no diarrhea. Initial blood analysis showed an
extremely high white blood cell count, so at this point Panleukopenia
seems to be out of the question (relief!!!). Temperature has remained
stable at 102.2 all day.

Any idea what we could be dealing with??? I'm going on vacation
Saturday and need to judge whether I keep her hospitalized with the
vet for two weeks, or return her home and hope that my catsitter
doesn't have to deal with anything serious.

Thanks!
Nordstjern

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 5:13 am
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There are a number of diseases in cats that can cause high fevers. Often time
the offender is gone before we can find it and fortunately these cats seem to
get better with symptomatic treatment. I would wonder if your kitty had an
upper respiratory infection since it had the conjunctivitis. I see some of
these cats that never get sneezinf or nasal disharge but have fevers +/-
conjunctivitis. There are serious diseases that can cause recurrent fevers
such as FIP and Bartonella. There is no way to tell for sure if she will be
fine during your vacation or not. You may want to be sure your pet sitter will
keep good track of the cat and arrange for medical services with your
veterinarian should the pet sitter need to take the cat in.

Alex, DVM

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 12:44 pm
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agalla5116 RemoveThis @aol.com (AGalla5116) wrote ...
> I would wonder if your kitty had an
> upper respiratory infection since it had the conjunctivitis. I see some of
> these cats that never get sneezing or nasal disharge but have fevers +/-
> conjunctivitis.

It seems like it was a URI - a day after the fever incident she
started sneezing, so she stayed at the clinic during my vacation. But
heck, what strain am I dealing with here?

Three of my other cats caught it almost two weeks later (the 'sick'
cat had not yet been re-introduced), with no previous symptoms, not
even conjunctivitis, just a sudden high fever (all three topped at
106). All were cooled down by bathing, two needed Ketofen injections
to lower the temperature. No other symptoms appeared, but they were
given a week of Clavamox to be on the safe side. Two others 'only' got
sneezing (maybe I just missed the fever?), and while one responded
almost immediately to Clavamox and was fine within a week, the other
one is posing another problem. He is not responding to the Clavamox. I
had him on Clavamox for 5 days with no result, so I switched to
Baytril, day 3 at this point, still to no avail. He is just getting
more and more stuffed up, so I've added a humidifier for temporary
relief. Temperature steady at 103.5, luckily he is eating and drinking
well, so no dehydration.

I guess I just wait it out?
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2003 3:53 am
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Most upper respiratory infections I see in cats are of viral origin, with most
probably being feline herpes virus (rhinotracheitis) related and some Calici
infections. They can get primary bacterial upper respiratory infection such as
chlamydia or bordetella, but these guys usually have discharges or coughing in
my experiance. Viral infections are not helped by antibiotics unless there is
a secondary infection. As such I don;t usually put these guys on antibiotics
unless the fever is unresponsive to other therapies or I have an elevated white
blood cell count.

You may want to try L-lysine (an amino acid supplement you can get at most
supermarkets or Wal-mart, GNC) at 250-mg twice daily or 500-mg once daily.
Lysine has been shown to decrease the replication of herpes virus and I find it
really helps a lot of these patients. Interferon (30 IU once a day) can also
be useful as an immune stimulant in stubborn cases.

Alex, DVM
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2003 10:21 am
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agalla5116 DeleteThis @aol.com (AGalla5116) wrote ...
> Most upper respiratory infections I see in cats are of viral origin, with most
> probably being feline herpes virus (rhinotracheitis) related and some Calici
> infections. They can get primary bacterial upper respiratory infection such as
> chlamydia or bordetella, but these guys usually have discharges or coughing in
> my experiance. Viral infections are not helped by antibiotics unless there is
> a secondary infection. As such I don;t usually put these guys on antibiotics
> unless the fever is unresponsive to other therapies or I have an elevated white
> blood cell count.

Thanks for this information - while I knew that most URIs are of viral
origin, I was under the impression that most clinical signs were due
to a secondary bacterial infection. Will get the L-Lysine later today
and hope that we can get him back on track.

Megan, were you recommending giving the L-Lysine to all cats in the
house, even though the other cats no longer show symptoms of a URI at
this point?
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